The government’s plan to roll out a multi-billion shilling water project targeting 12,000 schools is unrealistic, data shows. A local fact-checking engine, PesaCheck has queried the ability of the Ministry of Water in sourcing the projected Sh14 billion to boost access of water in schools.
Over the next three years, government will only be able to allocate Sh1.52 billion, equivalent to 11 per cent of the required amount, according to the projections. This financial year, Sh530 million has been set aside for the project that would be undertaken in partnership with the Rural Electrification Authority.
The ministry projected it will cut funding to the project by more than Sh30 million in 2018/19 fiscal year. During a visit to Egypt, Water CS Eugene Wamalwa secured Sh550 million, money set to go towards building of dams, sink boreholes and water pans.